Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Hi folks:

Did you hear that New York City-based animation artist Patrick Smith will show some of his work during a public presentation March 12 at South Dakota State University? Smith’s presentation is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. inPeterson Recital Hall of Lincoln Music Center on campus in Brookings.

Smith has worked on and directed episodes for such popular animated shows as“Beavis and Butthead,” “Daria” and “Down-Town.” He plans to show some of hisunaired work during his residency. Read more from the press release I ripped this info off from.

See you around, Jay Kirschenmann

Macy Day Balloon Cartoon - Sweet!

For those who might have missed this gem:

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Woman Cartoonist/Author Article - Sandra Boynton

Omigosh, another hero in my world. I loved her greeting cards and one of the first books I purchased for my child when becoming a Mommy was her "Going to Bed" book.

Another of my heros, Weird Al, is her friend as well. She's gotta be a neat person to know.

Here' s the article.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Cartoonist Toolbox -- Font Fun

Nothing makes me happier than finding fun stuff that is FREE. In this case, it's fonts and here is the site.

Blog Find -- Dan Piraro

I happened across Piraro's blog after stopping into rec.arts.comic.strips (RACS). I love that he met Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich.

Dan, if you ever come to Sioux Falls to visit yer Father-in-law and if you'd ever meet us fellow local cartoonists, for you I'd pass along my coveted "Wrist Strong" bracelet from Colbert Nation. (The rule is that you have to pass it to someone more famous ... then if they come across someone more famous than them... the cycle is to continue.) (About anyone is more famous than moi, but the fun is being selective .... and wondering where the bracelet might eventually wind up at if all recipients follow the Wrist Strong rule.)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Valentine Editorial by John Daiker

This appeared in the Argus Leader on Weds. Earlier I had sent an e-mail out to all local cartoonists inviting them to an informal Create-A-Valentine contest. Bonus points if they included something about Barry Manilow.
John certainly won. :-)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

John and Tim's Excellent Adventure

Congratuations go out to our own John Daiker and Tim Benson for being official Argus Leader cartoonists!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Access to 60 Comic Strips Online

I get my "Pearls Before Swine", "9 Chickweed Lane", "Apt. 3G" (curse you Comics Curmudgeon), and "Funky Winkerbean" fix on the Chron site -- but they don't feature the Sunday comics. Well, HELLO Times Union! You choose one of the linked comics, then click by the comic title to the "See More Comics" button. There's others out there I've been wanting to read -- like "Pajama Diaries". There's also "Six Chix", where six female cartoonists contribute to the panel and "Tina's Groove" where Rina Piccolo also contributes. (She is one of the Six Chix.)

It's nice to get to read other comic strips and especially nice to see there are other female cartoonists/comic strip artists out there. It's sad that newspapers are decreasing or cutting them ... because one can get their news from t.v., the Internet, etc. ... but the comics are one of those things you like to glance over while slurping on your coffee in the a.m. or reading on the couch with your kids.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

1st Saturday in May -- Free Comic Book Day

Here is the official site. I'll put up a link on the side along with the official National Cartoonists Day site link!

Must See Site -- Light As A Medium

LightDoodles. Neat work + tutorials. I've captured drawing with fireworks with minimal success on my Kodak ... but this is a real cool art form.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

PBS Cartoonist Interview

I'm a huge fan of the strip "Pearls Before Swine" ... and this interview is just GREAT and inspiring.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Cartoonist Toolbox - Tunes for Toonists

Nothing like coloring in your 'toons while listening to online music and creating your own station on Pandora. (Here's my created Barry Manilow station.)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Toon Pool

Ken is sharing this link and info:

Dear Cartoonist we would like to invite you and examples of your artworks to: - a new user generated international website for presenting, commenting and rating illustrations, designs & cartoons. It is absolutely open and free of costs, please add your contact dates (Webaddress as a link). It contains a small number of members yet but will increase day by day...

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Thought for the Winter

Six more weeks of winter? Stay inside and DRAW!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Mad Magazine Cartoonists - Usual Gang of Idiots +

Mad Magazine recruits Pulitzer Winners for next issue. (Mike Peters, Matt Davies, etc.) Story here:
Meanwhile, political slide show here: